Lan Yang, the Edwin H. & Florence G. Skinner Professor in the Preston M. Green Department of Electrical & Systems Engineering at the McKelvey School of Engineering at Washington University in St. Louis, has been elected a senior member of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI).

She is among 95 new senior members who will be honored in June at the NAI’s annual meeting, “Diversifying Innovation for a Strong Economy and a Sustainable Future,” in Washington.

A leader in the field of nanophotonics, her research focuses on silicon-chip-based, ultra-high-quality micro-resonators and their applications for sensing, lasing, nonlinear optics, environmental monitoring, biomedical research and communication.

She runs the Laboratory of Micro/Nano Photonics Research Group at McKelvey Engineering. Her research could have impact in the creation of biomedical devices, electronics and biohazard detection devices, among others.

Last November, Yang was among three McKelvey Engineering faculty the Institute for Scientific Information named among the most highly cited researchers in the sciences in 2022. According to Google Scholar, her work has been cited nearly 20,000 times.

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